Jacobsen helps secure significant funding for the 25th District in 2024-25 capital and transportation budgets

The Washington State House of Representatives unanimously approved the state’s 2024-25 supplemental capital budget today. The biennial construction, repair, and infrastructure funding plan, Senate Bill 5949, appropriates a total of $1.33 billion in funding, with more than 11% of that going toward behavioral health programs.

Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen, who helped secure more than $3 million for the 25th District, was pleased to see that important projects in her district will be moving forward, including:

  • $1 million for the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center roof.
  • $515,000 for the Step by Step’s early learning center.
  • $772,000 for the City of Puyallup stormwater system.
  • $150,000 in addition money for the Western Ranchettes water distribution system.
  • $576,000 for the Shore Friendly accelerated landowner incentives package. Shore Friendly works together with the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program to assist shoreline landowners with natural ways to prevent erosion on shorelines, like driftwood rather than concrete with the goal of restoring shoreline habitat across the Puget Sound for fish, wildlife, and communities.

“I am grateful the 25th district will receive practical and substantial grants to improve water safety for residents, begin the process for an early learning child care center, and improve our WSU Puyallup Center,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “I’m also pleased to see the state put significant funding in behavioral health care and substance abuse treatment. We need to put greater effort and urgency into helping people who suffer from these disorders and this money will be extremely helpful in that push.”

The final 2024-25 supplemental capital budget will spend $1.33 billion, with $130.6 million coming from the sale of general obligation bonds. The remaining $1.2 billion is from a combination of Climate Commitment Act accounts, Common School Construction Fund, and other state and federal accounts. It leaves $547,000 in bond capacity.

The budget makes significant investments in K-12 school construction, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facilities, housing, early learning facilities, infrastructure, and other projects in local communities across the state. Highlights of the 2042-25 supplemental capital budget include:

  • $148.8 million for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment, for new community capacity, institutional or state-run capacity, and upgrades and maintenance to existing facilities.
  • $183.64 million for housing with maintenance and upgrades for new housing units as well as upgrades to existing units.
  • $128.64 million for new housing projects.
  • $335.2 million for K-12 school construction, not including reduction in SCAP for projects that did not materialize or move forward.
  • $127.86 million for higher education.
  • $210.87 million for natural resources.

In addition to helping obtain more than $3 million from the capital budget, Jacobsen was also able to help secure $500,000 in requested funds for the 23rd Avenue Southwest sidewalk project from the transportation budget.

“This is an important project in our district, so I’m happy to see this included in the transportation package,” said Jacobsen. “This will help enhance safety and mobility for school children, people who drive, walk, and use public transportation, so this is a big win for our district.”

The 2024 legislative session is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, March 7.

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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